PhD Students

  • Elsabeth Artmann
    Elsabeth Artmann
  • Cindy (J.) Chen
    Cindy (J.) Chen
  • Travers Barclay Child
    Travers Barclay Child
  • Iulian Ciobica
    Iulian Ciobica
  • Brian Colgan
    Brian Colgan
  • Zichen Deng
    Zichen Deng
  • David Garces Urzainqui
    David Garces Urzainqui
  • Nynke de Groot
    Nynke de Groot
  • Bo Hu
    Bo Hu
  • Coen van de Kraats
    Coen van de Kraats
  • Simas Kucinskas
    Simas Kucinskas
  • David Kunst
    David Kunst
  • Yue Li
    Yue Li
  • Emil Mihaylov
    Emil Mihaylov
  • Luca Pegorari
    Luca Pegorari
  • Sandor Sovago
    Sandor Sovago
  • Yajie Sun
    Yajie Sun
  • Lisette Swart
    Lisette Swart
  • Zlata Tanović
    Zlata Tanović
  • Jurre Thiel
    Jurre Thiel
  • Uwe Thummel
    Uwe Thummel
  • Martin Wiegand
    Martin Wiegand
  • Lennart Ziegler
    Lennart Ziegler
Elsabeth Artmann
Cindy (J.) Chen

Email: j.chen@vu.nl

 

Travers Barclay Child

Email:t.b.child@vu.nl

Personal Website

Fields: Development Economics

Travers Barclay Child (MPhil, Tinbergen/UvA; MSc, RSIS/NTU; BA, UVic) is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the VU University and Tinbergen Institute. His PhD research is funded through a Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) grant. From September 2014 until May 2015, he also held a Marie Curie research fellowship at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as part of the PODER network. Recently, he completed a visiting research placement at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. 

Research interests:

His current research investigates the impact of post-conflict reconstruction on insurgency, and corporate ownership and political connections in developing countries. 

Teaching assistance:

BSc: Economics for the Global Era; Development Economics

PhD: Game Theory

Publications:

Changes to the ownership and control of East Asian corporations between 1996 and 2008: The primacy of politics. 2013. (joint with Richard W. Carney)
Journal of Financial Economics. (Finance and Accounting Memos version here).

Hearts and minds cannot be bought: Ineffective Reconstruction in Afghanistan. 2014.
The Economics of Peace and Security Journal.

Iulian Ciobica

Email: i.g.ciobica@vu.nl

Fields: Macroeconomics, Labor

Short bio: Iulian is a 2nd year PhD student whose research focuses on macroeconomics and labor economics. He writes his thesis under the supervision of Bjorn Brugemann and he has earned a MPhil degree from the Tinbergen Institute.

Teaching experience: teaching assistant for:
– Macroeconomics I (graduate)
– Macroeconomics II (bachelor)
– Business Cycles and Stabilization Policy (bachelor)
– International Economics (bachelor)
– student thesis supervision (bachelor)

Brian Colgan
Zichen Deng
David Garces Urzainqui
Nynke de Groot

Email: nynke.de.groot@vu.nl

Personal Website

Fields: Applied Micro, Labor, Health

Nynke is a third-year PhD student in Economics at the VU University Amsterdam. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam, she worked at a Dutch research institute which focuses on economic policy studies for the government. After five years Nynke decided to return to academia and started a PhD with her supervisors Professor Pierre Koning and Professor Bas van der Klaauw. Nynke is an editor at the Dutch journal TPE digitaal.

Research interests:

Applied econometrics, labor, health and microeconomics.

Classes taught:

BSc: Tutor for first year student Economics, Supervisor for Applications in Economic Policies (minor Economics)
MSc: Teaching assistant for Applied Microeconometrics

Working Papers:

The Effect of Reducing the Entitlement Period to Unemployment Benefits, N. de Groot and B. van der Klaauw (2014), IZA Discussion Paper 8336
Work in Progress

Assessing the Effects of Disability Insurance Experience Rating. The Case of the Netherlands, with Pierre Koning (R&R)

The effects of a job search assistance program for older unemployed job seekers. Evidence from a randomized experiment, with Bas van der Klaauw

Publications in Dutch:

De arbeidsmarkteffecten van het verkorten van de maximale WW-duur, N. de Groot and B. van der Klaauw (March 26th 2015), ESB 100 (4706S)

Bo Hu

Email: b.hu@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Applied Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Labor Economics

Bo Hu is a third-year PhD student in Economics at the VU University Amsterdam. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Econometrics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute, he started a PhD with his supervisors Makoto Watanabe.

Research interests:

Intermediary, industrial organization, labor search

Teaching experience:

Teaching assistant for Bachelor Microeconomics (Microeconomics 3.2 VU, Fundamentals of Micro-Economics AUC) and Master courses (Game Theory Tinbergen Institute; Firm Behavior and Market Structure 4.4 VU)

Working Papers:

Market-making middlemen, with Pieter Gautier and Makoto Watanabe.

Work in Progress

Competing market-making middlemen, with Makoto Watanabe.

Random or directed search, a structural estimation.

Coen van de Kraats

Email: c.w.a.vande.kraats@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Health Economics

Coen van de Kraats is a PhD student under supervision of Maarten Lindeboom. Coen holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University College Utrecht (2013) and an MPhil in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute (2015).

Research interests:His current research focuses on economic explanations of mental health outcomes. Interests include health economics, economics of aging and history of economic thought.

Classes taught:
BA: Macroeconomics I
MPhil/PhD: Mathematics I

Simas Kucinskas
David Kunst

Email: d.m.kunst@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development, Economic history

David Kunst is a PhD-student in the department of Development Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Before joining the VU in 2015, he studied economics in Tuebingen, Toulouse and at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam/Rotterdam. In the course of his studies, he has been supported scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (2011-12), the German National Academic Foundation (2010-2015) and the Tinbergen Institute (2014-2015).

Academic interests

The impact of economic globalization and technological change on wage structures, behavioral economics and economic methodology

Teaching assistantships

BSc: Macroeconomics I (Tuebingen, 2012-2013), Global Economics (AUC, 2016), International Trade, Growth and Development (AUC, 2016)
MSc: Globalization, Growth and Development (VU, 2016)

Yue Li

Email: yue.li@vu.nl

Fields:

Emil Mihaylov

Email: e.s.mihaylov@vu.nl

Fields:

Luca Pegorari

Email: l.pegorari@vu.nl

Luca Pegorari is a PhD candidate in Economics at VU Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institue, advised by Dr. Björn Brugemann.

Broadly, his research revolves around the aggregate dynamics that characterized the Great Recession and its aftermath. In particular, his work focuses on the interaction between macroeconimic uncertainty and financial frictions, and on the link between wealth fluctuations and consumption responses.

 

 

Sandor Sovago

E-mail: s.sovago@vu.nl

Personal Website

Fields: Applied micro, labor

Sandor Sovago is a PhD candidate in Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute, advised by Bas van der Klaauw and Thomas Buser. He earned his MPhil degree at the Tinbergen Institute and visited LSE and PSU as a visiting PhD student. His research interest lies in applied microeconomics, in particular, he is passionate about policy evaluation in the fields of education economics, labor economics, and market design.

Research interest:

Education economics, labor economics, policy evaluation, market design

Working papers:

Obvious Mistakes in a Strategically Simple College Admissions Environment (joint with Ran I. Shorrer)

The Impact of Elite High Schools on Academic Performance in Hungary (joint with János Divényi)

The Effect of the UI Benefit on Labor Market Outcomes – Regression Kink Evidence from the Netherlands

Teaching experience:

Advanced Methods in Applied Economic Research (MA),
Advanced Econometrics (MA/MPhil),

Microeconomics and Methods (BA),
Empirical Economics (BA),
Economics in the Global Era (BA),
Introduction to Econometrics (BA),
Economics (BA)

 

Yajie Sun

Email: y2.sun@vu.nl

Fields:

Lisette Swart

Email: l.swart@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Applied micro en Development

Lisette Swart is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Her current research focuses on the intersection between development economics and behavioral economics, particularly by running experiments related to people’s time preferences in developing countries. Her research interests further include applied microeconometrics, health and educational economics.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at University College Utrecht, where she majored in Economics and Psychology. After working in Uganda and Rwanda for a year, Lisette then followed the MPhil program in Economics at the Tinbergen Institute.

Classes taught:

BSc: microeconomics, development economics, international economics, economic challenges (all as teaching assistant).
PGO Accountancy: Economics (lecturer and coordinator)

Zlata Tanović

Email: z.tanovic@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: Development Economics

Zlata Tanović is a PODER fellow at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, a fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for International Development, and a PhD candidate in Development Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has lived in the Netherlands for most of her life. She received her undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Leiden University, and her master’s degree in econometrics from the University of Amsterdam. Her research currently focuses on empirical evaluation of healthcare interventions in Africa.

Research interests

Human development, health economics, applied microeconometrics, survey methods, mobile money.

Journal articles

“Impact evaluation of a community-based intervention for prevention of cardiovascular diseases in the slums of Nairobi: the SCALE-UP study” with Steven van de Vijver, Samuel Oti, Gabriela Gomez, Karien Stronks, and others. Global Health Action, 9:30922, 2016.

“Refusal bias in the estimation of HIV prevalence” with Wendy Janssens, Jacques van der Gaag, and Tobias Rinke de Wit. Demography, 51(3):1131-1157, 2014.

“Effect of health insurance and facility quality improvement on blood pressure in adults with hypertension in Nigeria: A population-based study” with Marleen Hendriks, Ferdinand Wit, Tanimola Akande, Constance Schultsz, and others. JAMA Internal Medicine, 174(4):555-563, 2014.

Teaching

Economic Challenges,
Workshop Introduction to STATA,
Thesis supervision.

Jurre Thiel

Email: j.h.thiel@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: IO, applied micro

Jurre Thiel is a PhD student under supervision of José-Luis Moraga. He holds a BSc in Econometrics from the University of Amsterdam (2010), a MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2011, with Distinction) and an MPhil in Economics from the Tinbergen Institute (2015, cum laude).

Research interests:

His research is focused on the intersection of industrial organization and household finance, in particular the role of financial intermediaries/advisors.

Classes taught:

BSc: Introductory Microeconomics, Introductory Macroeconomics, Linear Algebra.
Msc/ PhD: Advanced Econometrics.

Uwe Thummel

Email: u.thummel@vu.nl

Personal website

Fields: public finance / macro / labor

Bio:
I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the VU University Amsterdam and at the Tinbergen Institute. I study the relationship between technological change, income inequality and employment – as well as implications for policy. My work is supervised by Bas Jacobs and Björn Brügemann.

Martin Wiegand

Email: m.wiegand@vu.nl

Personal website:

Fields: Development economics

Martin Wiegand is a PhD candidate in Development Economics at the VU Amsterdam, advised by Chris Elbers and Menno Pradhan. He studied Economics, Philosophy, and Mathematics at the University of Bayreuth, the National University of Singapore, the University of Hagen, and the Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam. His current research covers a wide array of topics in developing countries, including early child development in the Caribbean, the effects of road infrastructure investment in Papua New Guinea, and the methodology of poverty mapping.

Research interests:
Poverty, human development, applied microeconometrics.

Classes taught:
Bachelor: TA Microeconomics I (Bayreuth), TA Economics BK (VU), TA Economics for the Global Era (VU)
Master: TA Advanced Microeconomics (VU)

Lennart Ziegler

Email: l.ziegler@vu.nl

Personal Website

Fields: Applied econometrics, labor economics, intergenerational mobility, inequality Applied Econometrics (MA/PhD)